Moses was worried. He had been asked to deliver a message from God and he wasn’t sure people would believe him. So Moses asked for some theological verification that the source was indeed God Himself.
Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?” Exodus 3:13
When asked for His name, God gives a simple answer with a comprehensive meaning.
Jesus gives the same answer when asked a completely different question. The Jewish leaders had just asked if the young traveling preacher named Jesus had seen the ancient patriarch, Abraham. Instead of answering that specific question, the Lord decided to give them His name.
So the Jews said to Him, “You are not yet fifty years old, and have You seen Abraham?”Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was born, I Am.” John 8:57–58
The answer to any question, past, present, or future will be and must be God’s name –but there seems to be significance in the name. There seems to be a timelessness to it. It’s as if God is saying, “To questions of the past, I Am; to questions of the present, I Am; and to questions of the future, I Am.” I’ve been thinking that this is exactly what the writer of Hebrews is saying when he writes,
Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8
When we consider the very real, everyday issues of life, we might say, “So what? God’s name is I Am. What’s that have to do with anything?” But, I’ve been thinking.
God is giving us something deeper than just His name. He is telling us that His power, His grace, His mercy, and His amazing love for us is there just as He is. The almighty and eternal God is saying, “In your past, I Am; in your present, I Am; and in your future, I Am.”
Let’s examine together the strength of that statement.
In looking back at our lives we can ask why certain things happened that left hurts, sorrows, and even guilty feelings. We can cry out to God, “Why… why?” And His answer comes with the peace of His voice within us, “I Am.”
His answer is not, “I was” or even “I will be.” God’s answer tells us that the same God of creation power, the same God of Old Testament miracles, the same God of Jesus’ ministry of the cross, is the same God to us – even in the past – even in the future – even right this moment. He is God and that settles everything.
What’s going to happen with the economy? “I Am!”
What’s the future of planet warming? “I Am!”
What’s the future of this country? “I Am!”
What’s going to happen tomorrow at work? “I Am!”
What’s going to happen to my marriage problems? “I Am!”
Is there anyone out there who loves me? Is there anyone who cares? “I Am!”
Whether it’s Moses of old or any of us today, any question we may have – past, present, or future, He is the answer. The “I Am” is the absolute, definite, and final answer. He is it. All we have to do is just let God be God.
Stop for a minute or two and ask yourself this simple question. Is Jesus Christ my, “I Am?” He wants to be, if you’d let Him.
Think about it…